Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ERCOT May Add More Wind In 2013 Than It Did In 2012: Another 1,191 Megawatts Of Wind In 2013

Perhaps, 2013 won't be such a bad year for new wind construction after all.

For sure, after a blowout year in 2012 that saw more than 13,000 megawatts of wind installed, and after a much delayed extension of the Production Tax Credit, the conventional wisdom is that 2013 will be a comparatively poor year for new wind farms.  Yet, ERCOT is projecting more wind will be added in Texas, during 2013, than was the case in 2012.

Texas saw 803 megawatts of wind added in 2012 but may see more than 1100 megawatts built in 2013.
http://www.snl.com/Interactivex/article.aspx?CdId=A-16824372-11059.  Texas remains the national leader in wind, and it may well defy the view that little new wind capacity will be built this year.  It will be interesting to see if Texas has company, and other states see significant wind development even in 2013.

1 comment:

  1. John, The American Wind Energy Association reports that Texas installed 1826 Megawatts of wind power in 2012. http://www.awea.org/learnabout/publications/reports/upload/AWEA-Fourth-Quarter-Wind-Energy-Industry-Market-Report_Executive-Summary-4.pdf
    See the page 3 summary. I'm not sure why there is the discrepancy between that figure and the sources you quote at 803 Megawatts. ERCOT does not include all of Texas though, just most of it. Your point is well taken though because 1100 megawatts of wind installed in Texas in 2013 would be a very good year for Texas wind power.
    Fred K Pittsburgh Pa.